Birthdays, birthdays, birthdays

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

It only seemed like yesterday when I said goodbye, parted ways with 2008 and welcomed 2009 with open arms. In two days, I will finally be able to give 2009 the finger and peer cautiously into what 2010 might have to offer.

That being said, December has truly been the month for birthdays and festivities--

Ramin (aka Triple R) turned the big three oh:

Ramin turns 30!

Ramin tackles the cake with a pretend battlefury. All you DotA nerds know what I'm talking about.
Triple R trying to pose with the cake. How cute is that! :D And this is him attempting to break the cake with a "pretend" battlefury. All you DotA nerds know what I'm talking about.

Happy Birthday Ramin!

Yen, our group baby, turned 26:

Yen *finally* turns 26.

And on the same day, Sun and Puan broke the engagement news to us:

Puan, Sun and the proposal.
Puan, Sun and the proposal; congratulations! :D

And Adam turns 23 sometime at the end of the month... but we couldn't wait and surprised him anyway:

Adam and his brrsss.
Adam and his brrsss.

Oops, we nearly forgot Jibbs!
Oops, we nearly forgot Jibbs!

Adam and his brrsss, take two.
Adam and his brrsss, take two.

Dao, Khairi and Marcus.

Jibbs, Adam and Dian.

The infamous Joanna Pongz and Daryl :D

Ee Ling and Thokin.

The boys: Adri, Adam, Bernard and Toby (who looks torn between confusion and constipation).
We even had people from the office! Adri, Adam, Bernard and Toby (who looks torn between confusion and constipation).

Suff, his lovely wife (Yus) and Toby.

Hanim and Aizat. No, Aziat doesn't work with us.
Hanim and Aizat. No, Aizat doesn't work with us.

Adam, Shahmi, Nicole and Edwin.
I don't know how this pek yau look came about. Poor Nicole.

Big thanks and much love to everyone who turned up that day (especially Dian, whom we had to resort to begging, pleading and even dirty threats). Also, thank you to Nicole for some of the dinner pictures in this post! :D

KL Swing! had a pre-Christmas karaoke, packed with a Christmas edition of lollicakes:

Lollicakes: the Christmas edition

Loveliest lollicakes in the world. Courtesy of Shirl!
Aren't they just the loveliest things in the world. Courtesy of Shirl!

Karaoke was just as much fun as it was a revelation: we discovered Chris' inner black man and Adam's inner Korean pop diva.

We had so much turkey on Christmas Eve at Daryl's we had to work off some of the food via Rock Band:

Rock Band: Team Girls.
We soooo kicked ass.

And right after, Minn had her Hen's Night. Needless to say, all the pictures that were taken on that night are strictly barred from making an appearance on the interwebs. It's for the greater good.

And OMG. Vee is PREGNANT. So much for three years in the waiting, eh? ;)

Happy (early) New Years too all! :)

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posted at 12/29/2009 02:54:00 PM by nekomatta · 0 comments

2009

Friday, January 02, 2009

So much for finishing the second half of the other post on time! Before you talk to me about procrastination, I'll have you know it's one of those resolutions that I've made obscene amount of times over and over again and failed just as much to keep. Mind you, I've also been plagued with this ridiculous flu for the past week or so. Although, visiting the karaoke booth two days in a row with a sore throat wasn't the greatest idea ever. Hey, at least I got to be Barry White for a day after that, how cool was that?

Still, while 2008 wasn't the best, it certainly wasn't the worst either. I had good memorable moments with (in no particular order) Chicago, pole, Proximity, more pole, Korea, swing and last but not least Australia. 2008 was the year of dance! Hopefully it'll stay that way through 2009 :p

2009 kicked off with a blast--we had Leng drunk sky high into the land of scarred livers and embarrassing YouTube-able moments. We ab-salute you Leng! :) Also, bonus points to myself for not doing a merlion after a few shots of that smashing Ukrainian vodka Terry had brought. Nasty, nasty stuff. I can't imagine sitting in the distillery for it--I would've passed out from the fumes.

Here are the remaining pictures from 2008, namely shots from Hobart and the funky stuff up till New Year's Eve.

Happy 2009 everyone! :D

Graduation, Hobart

Given the weird circumstances I was in right before the trip to Australia, I thought living on-campus in Hobart with my sis in one of the residential apartments was quite the ironic trip back down university memory lane:

The view from where we were staying

The day before sis' big day, we headed off to Fish 349 to grab dinner.

Fish 349

It was quite a wait for the food but no matter, sis and I scanned the room for possible means to entertain ourselves while the folks sat about patiently. Lo and behold... they had color pencils and blank sheets to well, color.

Our kiasu spirits kicked in, and this was our subject of the day:

The unsuspecting fish
The unsuspecting fish

Our objective? To join the ranks of artists, who were quite possibly in the age range of oh... 3 to 9, up onto Fish 349's coveted wall of fame:

The wall of fame

After minutes of furious scribbling and minor trash talking (naturally, my fish is better) we have the sexy SEAN FISH...

Sean fish

and the IM FISH:

Im fish

And the two fishies together, just so I don't seem bias and such for peddling my own (heh heh):

Super fish combo!

My fish is way hotter.

Sis was supposed to go back in a week to check if they posted any of our fishes and had gleefully proclaimed hers to be on top. That and she threatened to torch the place if none of the fishes (or just mine) had made it to the board.

The big day finally arrives! "Pre-event" shots with the sis before she dons her gown and cam whores the whole campus:

Sis and I

Sis and I

Someone is soooo working the camera.
Someone is soooo working the camera.

Sis and I

What happens when we finally QC the pictures that we took.
What happens when we finally QC the pictures that we took.

And off to the campus we went! Here's a pic of sis with the folks in UTas' School of Pharmacy's tiny waiting hall:

Everyone looking as pleased as a punch!
Everyone looking as pleased as a punch!

Magic doors to the underground dungeon of a computer lab.
Magic doors to the underground dungeon of a computer lab.

With dad.
Sis with dad.

With mom.
Sis with mom.

Sex0ring the Confucius statue by the courtyard, lol.
Sex0ring the Confucius statue by the courtyard, lol.

I don't remember taking that many pictures when I graduated, so I'll cut it short and show you my favorite pic of sis on campus--here she is literally going "Hyuk! Screw you dispensing lab!" in front of the lab :p

Hyuk! Screw you dispensing lab!

No graduation ceremony pictures... everyone was moving way too fast for my camera to catch :p On the plus side, we went and drowned ourselves in cherries the next day:

Cherries!

And the folks posing with the camera with the bounty of cherries that we nabbed off the trees:

The folks and the cherries

The best cherries are in the trees with the most worms! We perfected the art of tilting those slightly-out-of-reach branches into grasp without disturbing any of the worms lest they start falling into my hair T_T

After that we headed drove around mindlessly sight-seeing (it's all mountains and the coast, I swear) and bumped into the Pancake Train:

The Pancake Train

Of course, it's not actually a train train!
Of course, it's not actually a train train!

Sis and I were piggies once again:

Sis with her scallop pancake dish. She ended up eating half of mine instead.
Sis with her scallop pancake dish. She ended up eating half of mine instead.

My super sexy combination of bacon, apple and a truckload of maple syrup. Needless to say, mine was much better, bwahaha.
My super sexy combination of bacon, apple and a truckload of maple syrup. Needless to say, mine was much better, bwahaha.

The last day (for dad and I anyway) in Hobart: we drove over to Salamanca in the morning and meandered through the morning market. No pictures because I was too busy shopping, sorry! :p

Christmas cookies, swing

It's Christmas! We baked cookies at Aizat's till the wee morning (and yes, bad photography because all images were taken using his cellphone):

So it begins--the Christmas cookie saga!
So it begins--the Christmas cookie saga!

We dressed up:

Shiny red!

Before we started the cookie sugar high!

And danced the night away:

The Christmas swing--Aizat, Dania and Ummi
The Christmas swing--Aizat, Dania and Ummi

Post Christmas and we were still baking (only because we were trying to finish up leftover ingredients before Aizat took off for Chile!). We had a killer brownie (aptly tagged "Sin" in the Facebook albums) and a resurrected apple lemon crumble:

The two chefs; third chef playing photographer.
The two chefs; third "chef" playing photographer.

As for the NYE pictures... well, let's just say whatever happened in Darby Park, stays in Darby Park! <3 to the extended family :)

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posted at 1/02/2009 02:01:00 AM by nekomatta · 6 comments

Drink and be merry!

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Despite the parental warnings to stay indoors, we "celebrated" election night by doing round three of the beer binge:

Pho for dinner--we need something to absorb the alcohol right?
Pho for dinner--we need something to absorb the alcohol right?

Quick shot of Yoong and Chris; stealing them away from football
Quick shot of Yoong and Chris; stealing them away from football

I wasn't paying attention... but Man U lost? :p GG to the goalie and his red card lol

Mei and Yoong

And more people arriving:

Cina and a sexy shot of Pau still apparently hungover :p Because my camera has no anti-shake, kudos for Pau who held that face for a good seven seconds or so lol
Cina and a sexy shot of Pau still apparently hungover :p Because my camera has no anti-shake, kudos to Pau who held that face for a good seven seconds or so lol

Yen and Leng

Yen and Sean

Cheers!
Cheers!

A toast to the 8th March '08 for it was quite the exciting night indeed! Especially for five states in Malaysia ;)

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posted at 3/09/2008 09:02:00 PM by nekomatta · 1 comments
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